Remembering William Stafford
January 23, 2014
William Stafford (1914–93) achieved international acclaim as the author of dozens of volumes of poetry, winner of a National Book Award, consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress, and Oregon Poet Laureate. He also taught at Lewis & Clark for 30 years. And, thanks to the Stafford family, we hold his literary archives.
In this centennial year, a range of media outlets are asking Stafford’s fellow writers and friends to share how they were—and continue to be—influenced by the poet, educator, and pacifist. Among those reflecting on his legacy are Stafford’s son, Kim, an associate professor at the Graduate School of Education and Counseling and the director of the Northwest Writing Institute, and Associate Professor of English Mary Szybist, the winner of the 2013 National Book Award in poetry.
Here are some highlights from the recent Stafford coverage:
- BBC’s Ask Me: The Poetry of William Stafford
- Publisher’s Weekly: What the River Says, This is What I Say: Stafford Turns 100
OPB Television’s Oregon Art Beat: Discovering William Stafford—An Oregon Art Beat Special
OPB Radio’s Think Out Loud: William Stafford Centennial
OPB Radio’s Morning Edition: Kim Stafford Remembers Poet Father’s Work Ethic
OPB Radio’s State of Wonder: Three Poets Talk Stafford and Writing
Publisher’s Weekly: Stafford’s 100th Celebrated With Readings, Releases [login required]
- Oregonian: February art gallery preview: ‘William Stafford at 100’ at Lewis & Clark College
- KBOO: Interview with L&C archivist Doug Erickson on the Williams Stafford Centennial
Lewis & Clark is presenting a number of events and exhibits looking back on Stafford’s career. A symposium originally scheduled for February 7-8, now set for March 15—“You Must Revise Your Life”—Stafford at 100, a Celebration and Reassessment—will include panels, discussions, poetry readings, and self guided exhibit tours. A Centennial Celebration was held at Portland’s Newmark Theatre on February 7.
An exhibit at the Aubrey R. Watzek Library features a selection of photographs, manuscripts, books, and artifacts from the archives, and is open now through December 2014.